Crosses By My Hand was established about 15 years ago when Reverend Robert Conner decided to retire and asked us to assume his enterprise. Since then, we have acted as the wholesale supplier to Global Handcrafters. Due to their sudden and unexpected closing on March 24th, 2012, we are now your direct source for these beautiful, hand-made crosses.
We are located in St. Petersburg, Florida. We make the crosses in our small home based shop and take great pride in the fact thateach cross is completely hand made and no two crosses can be exactly the same.
We share the feeling of many of our customers that the crosses have very specific and special meaning for each customer.
Our crosses are sold to individuals and groups, mostly church affiliated, and used as gifts for fundraisers, confirmations, baptism remembrances, and in gift shops, etc. The crosses are often given for confirmation, retreats and sold at conferences. They are also popular with teens. They are made to order so please give us the date needed when placing your order. These handcrafted crosses can also be purchased singly as a gift.
The manufacturing process is of interest to many of our customers. We use horseshoe nails which have a unique pattern etched into the head of the nail.
This gives it a rustic ornate quality. Nails are hand cut to the proper sizes by hand, then individually laid out on fireproof bricks and brazed in the center with golden brass. On most crosses, if you look closely, you will notice a slight dimple in the middle of the center braze, which serves as our signature.
Our Celtic crosses have a ring brazed to the back (we create the rings by hand winding wire using handmade winding jigs). All of our crosses then have a hand twisted “eye” brazed to the top to allow a cord to be attached so the cross can be worn as a necklace.
Each cross is packaged for shipment. Each comes with a nylon cord to be tied to your choice of length. Large orders are shipped in bulk, individual smaller orders are packaged by the piece.
Once in a while as we tally the costs of materials and time spent on each individual cross, we realize in our hearts…"We are not really in it for the money.”
“I was given one of your crosses, it is so special to me. It has gotten me through some hard times. I enjoyed it so much, I got one for my son, who is going through rough spells with addiction. He is getting through it, and he loves that cross.”
~ Anonymous cross customer testimonial